From 2 to 3 January, Moscow City Ballet arrive in Cambridge to present The Nutcracker, the gloriously Christmassy tale of a girl who enters a magical kingdom of dancing mice, twirling snowflakes, sugarplum fairies and nutcracker princes. One of Tchaikovsky’s ‘big story’ ballets, it features some of his most recognisable music including The Waltz of the Snowflakes, while Smirnov-Golovanov’s direction gives a fresh, modern spin to the stunning choreography. Expect beautiful costumes too from this spectacular slice of Russian culture.
Then, on 4 January, there’s a chance to see Shakespeare’s most iconic love story performed by the same company in Romeo and Juliet. The ballet features outstanding dancers from this famous company, which boasts a long-established reputation of excellence. Journey with them to 16th century Verona where two star-crossed lovers defy their families and take their lives in the name of love.
The Nutcracker shows at 2.30pm and 7.30pm; Romeo and Juliet at 5pm. Tickets £27.50-£37.50.